This April 20 and 21 at 5 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, Treasure Mountain Educational Cooperative children, ages 5-10, along with several home-schooled children in Pagosa will perform a play called “Joseph the Dreamer.”
The play is based on the archetypal story of Joseph and his 11 brothers from the Old Testament. It’s a complicated play that takes place in two countries with over 30 characters.
The children have embraced it and are in the process of mastering the very complex dialogue. Many students are memorizing over 100 lines.
The play includes children’s musical performances including singing, violin, viola, piano, native flute and guitar. This is truly a community effort with Laura Moore directing, Kate Kelly working with the string players, Harvey Schwartz and Martha Burggraaf helping with the piano players, Michelle Lyall designing and sewing costumes, and Jenifer Pitcher designing and painting the sets.
The play opens in Canaan where Jacob, Leah and their 12 sons live as shepherds. The brothers live in constant jealousy of Jacob’s favorite son Joseph. One day out in the field, the brothers are overcome with jealousy when Joseph arrives wearing a beautiful coat that Jacob has woven especially for him. They throw him in a pit and then sell him to some merchants headed for Egypt. They steal his coat and dip it in blood so that their father thinks that Joseph has been killed by wild animals, hoping that their father’s deep love of Joseph will be transferred to them once Joseph is gone.
Meanwhile in Egypt, after starting as a slave and a prisoner, Joseph proves himself to be virtuous and wise, and becomes Pharaoh’s head of state. As famine hits the region, only Egypt is prospering thanks to Joseph’s leadership and planning, and the remaining brothers in Canaan are forced to travel into Egypt to trade for food. Joseph has grown into a man, and the brothers do not recognize the great leader to be their brother. Joseph, however, recognizes his brothers, and his heart is softened as he is overcome with a desire to reconcile with his brothers and reunite with his grief-stricken father.
The message in this story is one that all of us can take to heart: even when people act in the most atrocious and horrific ways, forgiveness of our fellow human beings transforms and heals. Sometimes these seemingly unforgivable acts can only be understood from a perspective much greater than the one to which we have access. By living without judgment or resentment, quick to forgive, our unburdened hearts guide us to live in grace.
We invite you and your entire family to come experience this very special story with us.